Not all types of synthetic grass are the same and it is important to understand that the synthetic grass used for sports fields are not suitable as landscape synthetic grass. Early residential grass installation was done using the revolutionary new artificial grass product that was taking the sporting world, such as the NFL, by storm. But the way in which sporting field grass is made and the needs that have to be met are different to those of residential synthetic grass.

One of the chief aims of sporting field grass is to provide a cushion effect for the athletes to prevent serious injury when they fall. To achieve this cushion the sporting field grass is packed with tons of black rubber crumb in-fill. This in-fill sits between the blades of grass which are more sparsely woven into the synthetic backing. Essentially, field sports grass is not suitable for domestic household use, it doesn’t look like natural grass, it doesn’t function the way you would require a garden lawn to function and, owing to the presence of the black rubber in-fill, it can be harmful to children playing on it.

The crumb rubber that sits in sporting grass is easily visible when it is laid in a household yard and rather than looking like a pristine, verdant lawn, it looks more like the re-growth after a recent forest fire. It is also used in such great numbers that the rubber gets everywhere when children play on it, in hair, clothes and the mouths of toddlers.

A further problem with using the rubber in-filled synthetic grass for domestic use is that many households keep pets and this type of grass is not pet friendly. The rubber in-fill is very absorbent – around 80% porous – and so when a dog urinates on the grass, the urine doesn’t drain through to the subsurface where it might be absorbed into the ground. Instead it is soaked into the rubber itself where it is kept above ground to become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold as well as becoming a serious odor problem.

It’s this situation for which synthetic grass has had some recent bad press and the concerns have been well founded. The good news is that synthetic grass for residential use is vastly different and far more pet friendly and child safe. The in-fill used in residential synthetic grass does not absorb external elements allowing any effluent to flow through the grass substructure and into the ground where it decays naturally. Buying the right synthetic grass is a matter of doing a little bit of homework and resisting the temptation to solely base your decision on price. Artificial lawn is not a no-maintenance solution to having an attractive lawn. It requires less maintenance than natural grass but it still must be well cared for with proper upkeep habits.

If you are one of the homeowners who are seemingly stuck with a yard covered with sports grass there is a solution to the problem of the unsightly black rubber granules. Synthetic grass rejuvenation companies will professionally remove the dated existing in-fill and replace it with the safe material.